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Taking Action on Poverty in Toronto

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About APT

The Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto (APT) is a city-wide network of community groups, agencies, concerned residents and individuals with lived experience of poverty, working to eliminate poverty. The group promotes collaboration that includes not only community organizations and groups, but also government, organized labour, institutions and the private sector. In brief, we want to engage everyone in a united effort to tackle this problem and build a better city.

APT had its beginnings as a steering committee, the Toronto Working Group on Poverty, which came together after a community forum held in Toronto in June 2010 and has been actively involved in the community since then.

What we do

APT takes action. In the last year alone:

  • APT released a report – based on meetings with community groups and organizations across Toronto – that puts forward a comprehensive strategy to eliminate poverty in Toronto. The report identifies five priorities action: Living wages and strong employment standards; Income security; Accessible and affordable housing; Strong community services and programs; Good public transit. Read our two-page summary of the report!
  • APT worked with partners to urge Toronto City Council to develop an anti-poverty strategy. In April, Council unanimously passed motion to develop a poverty reduction strategy by early 2015.
  • APT co-wrote and released a Fact Sheet showing that child poverty rates in Toronto – at 29% - are the highest of 13 major cities in Canada. The report sparked front page coverage and an editorial in the Toronto Star, and radio, television and newspaper coverage across Canada.

  • On August 28, APT co-hosted a Mayoral Candidate Action Against Poverty event at the Church of the Holy Trinity that was attended by over 200 people. Leading Mayoral candidates Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and John Tory all signed a pledge committing to “vote in 2015 to adopt and implement an anti-poverty strategy for the City of Toronto that includes action on good jobs, income support, housing/shelter, community supports, children’s services and public transit. The strategy would have clear targets, measurable indicators and annual progress reports.”

Signatures from mayoral candidates

Take Action

Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy needs to include bold action, targets and timelines – and have dollars attached.

It will only move ahead if Toronto’s new Mayor and Council make poverty reduction a top priority.

Demand that city leaders take poverty seriously!

Please take TWO actions TODAY:

1)      Email city council candidates in your Ward and ask them to sign the Action on Poverty Pledge. (Click here to find contact information for candidates in your ward).

2)      Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to be included in the City of Toronto’s public consultations on a new poverty reduction framework which is due to be released early in 2015.

We also encourage you to attend all-candidates meetings and ask your candidates what they will do to reduce and eliminate poverty in the city.


Join us!

The Alliance for Poverty-Free Toronto welcomes new members. We meet monthly at different locations in Toronto. Please email Naomi at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out how you can get involved!

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 19:20  

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